Smuttynose IPA

Image courtesy of Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Smuttynose “Finestkind” IPA, from the premier craft brewery of the Granite State, is medium gold in color with a peach cast and fine suspended particulate matter.  It’s the tasty sediment you get in a non-filtered beer, and is part of the drinking experience that should be enjoyed.  It pours with a rich creamy head that has some resilience and produces some generous lacing on the glass.  There is a good deal of malt presence in the bouquet of this IPA, with some honey notes, but Smuttynose IPA is more about the hops.  It’s not over-the-top hoppy in the bouquet, but there is a good dose of pine and grapefruit peel to enjoy.  The flavor follows the bouquet nicely, puckering the mouth a bit and at once drying the mouth and making it salivate.  It’s quite remarkable.  At 6.9% ABV you’ll start feeling this one 2/3rd of the way through, but that’s a good thing.  Bitterness lingers on the tongue as a lasting tribute to this fine IPA from the folks at Smuttynose Brewing Company in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  And, it gets even more flavorful as it warms.  I truly recommend this one, especially to IPA fans.

85/100 IPA

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